Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Program Home Page

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Welcome to the home page of the DSHS program that registers and regulates Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors in Texas. This website contains information about these professionals including licensure requirements, how to file a complaint, how to contact our office, and more.

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This program also registers Counselor Interns, and Clinical Training Institutions (CTIs), which are facilities authorized to provide substance abuse treatment in which registered Counselor Interns may gain the clinical experience needed to become Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors. 

For all other information related to Substance Abuse, please see the DSHS Substance Abuse home page:

Attention All Applications: Background Check Process Improvements  

The process for obtaining a criminal history for applicants has changed. Effective immediately, fingerprint cards have been phased out. The licensing program has implemented the FAST, or Fingerprint Applicant Services of Texas, process. This involves the electronic scanning of an applicant’s fingerprints, then submitting them electronically to the Texas Department of Public Safety for processing. A background check will be obtained more quickly, thus reducing application processing time. Also, the chance of rejection of a set of fingerprints for lack of quality is significantly reduced. For more information, please see page three of the appropriate licensure application, which can be downloaded by selecting this link.

Attention  – Online Search Verification Now Available 

Now you can perform a real-time search for licensees online, and you can even print a license verification. For more information, click the “Live Online Search Verification” link under the “Find A Licensee” heading to the left.

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Last updated September 19, 2019